Theatre Kingston Presents: Blood River

2023-10-17 - 2023-11-12
Kingston Grand Theatre Upcoming Performances
Theatre Kingston presents
Blood River is set in a post Roe v Wade overturned place where women's health rights have been reduced significantly.

Blood River

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 to Sunday, November 12, 2023.  Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on Saturday and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Kingston Grand Theatre || Baby Grand Theatre
Patron supporter - $45 plus HST and handling fee; Admit one - $30 plus HST and handling fee; Student/Arts Worker - $20 plus HST and handling fee

Abortion is illegal and the line between religion and law has blurred to non-existence. Karen rows a boat across the river to a different "state" where women are not prosecuted for putting their lives ahead of their unborn children. Cybele has spent her whole life buying into the beliefs and rules set for her by her religious/conservative parents until her circumstances force her to question everything. Diane is Cybele's mother and former high school friend of Karen desperate to save her child from the circumstances she herself has cultivated. This world premiere was commissioned by Theatre Kingston from Kingston Playwright Chloe Whitehorn and examines women's agency and the plight presented by the predatory political agendas of the patriarchy.

Cast Spotlight
Shannon Donnelly is thrilled to be a part of the incredibly beautiful and relevant new Canadian play: Blood River. As a graduate with honours of St. Lawrence College's Musical Theatre Performance program, Shannon has appeared in productions all across Ontario. Some of her favourite roles include Sarah (Company), Ulla (The Producers), Baroness Schroeder (Sound of Music), and Jane (Babe Ruth Comes to Pickle River).

Brayah Pickard is a Kingston-based performer and a graduate of the St. Lawrence College + Queen’s Bachelor of Music Theatre. She is currently studying at Queen’s to be a drama and music teacher. She has most recently performed the principal role of Christabel in the debut production of The Lancashire Lass at the Grand Theatre. Other theatre credits include Greta in Murder on the Orient Express at the Domino Theatre, Andrina in SLC’s Little Mermaid, and performing in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane for Kingston Fringe 2021.


Kay Vukelic graduated from the Drama program at Queen’s University in 2021, and spent most of the quarantine era with 6 AM Productions, Kay has been seen in various productions across the Kingston theatre scene, appearing in "Harmonia", directed by Nigel Shawn Williams (Grapevine Theatre), and as Maureen in “The Time of Our Life” by Alan Ayckbourn (Domino Theatre). Most recently, she acted in the Summer Ensemble, a professional training program with Crane Creations Theatre Company, and partook in the Sooth Shivers Residency with the Kick and Push Festival. 
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